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Great Guitar Tips, Issue #062 - Great new repertoire for you!
August 02, 2009

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July 2009 Issue #062 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Table Of Contents

1. News - Great offer approaches!

2. New pages/videos - Study by Giuliani and Waltz by Carulli

3. Study Point - Counterpoint

4. Recommended Resource - Tremolo Technique for classical guitar

5. This Month's Fr/ee Music

1. News

Hi to all new and old subscribers! Welcome to the July 2009 issue.

No, the Guitar Study Course hasn't gone away, and I won't bore you with the details but as they say..."life gets in the way." Keep your eyes peeled for a (one off!) great beginning offer soon.

There's some great new repertoire this month to help you develop your technique and knowledge. Let's go...

2. New Pages

The new lesson page this month is a Study in C by Giuliani. It's great for developing your thumb technique as much of the melody resides in the bass. It's also a good piece to study counterpoint, which we touch on later in this issue. Also, the extra piece on the video page is a Waltz in D Major by Carulli which helps you learn to play in the second position on the fret board amongst other things.

You can get you copy here...

Look for the red colored "NEW" next to the actual new piece. To help you more it's actually lesson number 9 in the "Beginning to Intermediate" section of that page.

3. Study Point - Counterpoint

Counterpoint is the technique of combining two or more independent parts into an intertwined harmony. The independent parts can be different both melodically and rhythmically. But the combining notes of the separate melodies or parts creates a harmonic balance in terms of chords and rhythym, if done well of course.

It is said that counterpoint is the "crystallization of harmony", meaning the development and standardization of good harmonic principles have established accepted "norms' for harmonic contruction over the centuries. This is in Western music of course as other music is not up for discussion here as it has its own criteria and can be appreciated and interpreted in a different way.

This month's new lesson page has a great example of simple counterpoint by Mauro Giuliani but don't be fooled. "Simple" doesn't mean it was easy to write. In fact, it's probably harder to write so simply but effectively for such a developed and sophisticated musical mind as Giuliani's was.

Great musical luminaries such as J.S. Bach, Mozart and Beethoven were past masters of counterpoint. Indeed, if you look at any of the great composers of the past you'll notice they're all masters of counterpoint - a staple of the music writing skill set.

Improve your classical guitar skills now with...

Look inside this title
Pumping Nylon (Book and DVD) - sheet music at
Pumping Nylon (Book and DVD) (The Classical Guitarist's Technique Handbook) Edited by Nathaniel Gunod, written by Scott Tennant. Instructional book and instructional video: DVD for classical guitar. Series: National Guitar Workshop. 95 pages. Published by Alfred Publishing. (AP.20417)
See more info...

4. Recommended Resource - Tremolo Studies

Over the years I've had a lot of people ask me about tremolo studies. I'll probably need to add something soon to satisfy this request as you need to develop this technique slowly and steadily over time as it's quite a difficult guitar technique.

There are also some good books that focus on this guitar technique and are well worth a look.

The first one is called...

Complete Study Of Tremolo For The Classic Guitar by Vladimir Bobri...

One reviewer of the book said... "This book told you all that you need to know to play tremolo in classic guitar and flamenco guitar, remember, if you want to be a great guitar player you have to learn the tremolo, is hard but is veary beautiful."

Another book worth looking at is...

Art of Tremolo by Ioannis Anastassakis

It is said that it is..."Another book that should be in every serious classical and flamenco guitarist's library...eliminates the guesswork on how to practice and perform the tremolo technique.

The book addresses over 70 different approaches and methods to practice the tremolo with unprecedented advice from some of the greatest classical and flamenco guitarists including: Andres Segovia, John Williams, Sharon Isbin, Christopher Parkening, Pepe Romero, Scott Tennant, David Russell, Narciso Yepes, Stanley Yates, Stepan Rak, Juan Serrano, Manolo Sanlucar, Manolo Franco, Jose Antonio Rodriguez, Paco Serrano, and many more."

There's enough advice in these two books on tremolo to last a lifetime!

5. This Month's Fr/ee Music

This month's music is a Waltz in D Major by Carulli. It's great for practicing in the second position on the fret board using the F# and C# of the D major scale.

You can get a copy of the music here...

I hope you enjoy the music!

And for the video of the piece go here...

And that's all for this issue. I'll see you later in 2009 with another brand new edition including music, videos and fun!!! :))

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